A scientist reveals what being near the ocean actually does to your brain

Most of the people feel something amazing when they see a large body of water, when being next to the ocean or even to a pool.
We’ve heard a lot of times that it’s really healthy to be near the ocean, but never asked the reason behind this. It was recently demonstrated that the ocean reduces anxiety, inspires creative and compassionate thinking.

 


The scientist and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols revealed the secret in his recent book: ”Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do”.
He says: “We have a ‘blue mind’ — and it’s perfectly tailored to make us happy in all sorts of ways that go way beyond relaxing in the surf, listening to the murmur of a stream, or floating quietly in a pool.”


“Blue Mind” means “a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. It is inspired by water and elements associated with water, from the color blue to the words we use to describe the sensations associated with immersion.”
This state is met when sitting at the ocean and simply looking at it. Your mind is taken in a state in which you are relaxed but focused in the same time.
On one of his TEDx Talks , Wallace explained that water has emotional, psychological and what is more, social benefits. “Nature is medicine – a walk on the beach; a surfing session; a stroll through the woods heals us. It fixes what broken inside of us. Nature can reduce our stress, it can make us more creative and bring us together.”

 

He is also talking about a special feeling that we have when we step out onto the beach toward the water:“This sense of awe moves us from a ‘me’ to a ‘we’ perspective. Awe and wonder, and passion takes over in water. There is a feeling of connection to others and something beyond the immediate.”
At the University of Exeter, some of the researchers also found that people living closer to the English coast as healthier than the others.They studied the data from 48 million people in England from the 2001 census, comparing how close people lived to the sea with how happy they said they were.
It may sound amazing, but only a view of the ocean can boost a person’s mental health.


Another study made at Canterbury University, Otago University, and Michigan State University in the USA demonstrated the relationship between mental health and exposure to green and blue space. Blue space refers to the visibility of water. The study found that just being able to see the ocean contributes to wellbeing, and lower stress levels.
Now it’s proved by science why we seek water knowing it holds something special for us.